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Surgeries Halted at Gulu Hospital As Blood Bank Runs Empty :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Surgeries Halted at Gulu Hospital As Blood Bank Runs Empty

Gulu Regional Referral Hospital has halted all scheduled surgeries on patients because the hospital\'s blood bank has run dry. The blood shortage has already claimed the lives of two children who died last week because the facility failed to secure enough blood for transfusion to save their lives.

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Gulu Regional Referral Hospital has halted all scheduled surgeries on patients because the hospital's blood bank has run dry. The blood shortage has already claimed the lives of two children. 

The children died last week on Tuesday after the facility failed to secure enough blood for transfusion to save their lives. They were both under a year old.

The Gulu Hospital Principle Administrator Dr. Muhammad Mubiru said the hospital had not received replenishment from the northern regional blood bank for two weeks now.  The hospital has not received any explanation for the failure to deliver the critical blood supply.

The blood shortage has forced the hospital to recommend critical cases be transferred to St. Mary's Hospital Lacor, a 6 kilometre drive away .

Jessica Anena, attending to her pregnant sister, said she had been advised to transfer her sibling to St. Mary's Hospital Lacor. She further revealed that many expectant mothers in the labour ward had received the same advice.

Anena claimed that she witnessed a pregnant woman in need of surgery on Wednesday forced to wait because of the blood shortage at the hospital. Several other patients have been forced to share her fate as they wait in the hope that the crisis will soon be resolved.

Proscovia Atim, mother to a one year old girl, was fortunate enough to get a unit of blood for her daughter after a three day wait in the emergency ward. She was, however, informed that unit was far from enough to ensure the little girl's full recovery.

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Officials from the northern regional blood bank declined to comment on the crisis.

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